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Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- September 2017

Wow, it's the middle of September already. Fall is coming in fast. It seems like the days suddenly have gotten so much shorter. We have our stream set up to go on and off every day in time with sunset and sunrise, so it is an every day reminder of how short the days are becoming. Earlier this week I realized that it was no longer already on when I woke up in the morning to drive Nigel to the train station. While I welcome cooler weather and the return of some good soaking rain that is supposed to arrive soon, I do wish we could still have summer's long days.

Ah well, you can't have everything. If you did, where would you put it?

Here's what's still flowering in my garden this September. It's not much.

Starting with plants in pots:


Rat-tail cactus

Tuberous Begonias

One fluffy tuberous Begonia flower that had broken off

Unidentified flower that hitch-hiked with a Bromeliad that I got at the spring swap -- Do you know what it is? (Finally identified as Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita' (Gloxinia)

Of course the Sedums and the grasses are doing their thing at this time of year.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Panicum 'Rothstrahlbusch'

Calamagrostis brachytricha in front and Calmagrostis 'Karl Foerster'  behind with Verbena bonariensis

Verbena closeup

Tithonia 'Torch' and friend


Tall large-flowered purple Aster -- I don't recall which one, but the clump is huge and needs to be divided and spread around the garden

Overgrown Fuchsia magellanica

Corydalis lutea, which sows itself all over

Water hyacinth

One last pink oakleaf Hydrangea flower -- all the rest are brown

Cyclamen are starting to pop up

That's it! We actually have rain in the forecast, and I've started moving plants around and have even planted some of the plants in the pot ghetto.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the fifteenth of every month. Check out her post here, where bloggers from around the world share their flowers.


  1. lots of lovely things happening in your garden but I really love the hose image and words. Too funny!

  2. Ah that Rat-tail cactus flower!!! And thanks for the wide shot of your water Hyacinth, absolutely gorgeous!

  3. That NOID hitchhiker is incredible, a gesneriad like sinningia maybe? And congrats on the upcoming rain!

  4. I love the new blog mast-head, Alison! And I'm incredibly envious of the tuberous begonias - I hope I'll have some next year when (fingers crossed) I finally have the shade of the lath house my husband has been assigned to build. some of those beautiful fuchsias would be nice too.

  5. The Pachypodium is lovely. I love it's purple edges. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rain!

  6. Not much is bloom eh..? Well, from my vantage you sure have plenty of pretty blooms! And..thank you for adding Panicum 'Rothstrahlbusch' because I think it's a gorgeous foliage that should count as a flower. I mean, really. Happy GBBD!

  7. I love how your garden has plants that show summer is still around but a few "fall-like" are starting to pop. Beautiful.

  8. I'm not happy about shorter days either. I want rain, but I don't want it to go on and on. I still want 70 degree days. Probably won't get them. My days of lunch on the patio might have ended today.

  9. Seems like we're always being dragged kicking and screaming away from the long lit beautiful party that is summer. Like you, I'm looking forward to the return of a bit of rain but miss the daylight. Autumn has it's charms and winter cleans up the overgrown beds but I'm already looking forward to spring! Your water hyacinths are impressive and the bloom on your rat tail cactus is a beauty!

  10. I loved your water hyacinth; so unique. Thanks for sharing on GBBD.
    Jeannie @

  11. Allison, your begonias are stunning. I'd like to have a hitchhiker like you have. Happy gardening... until the frost kills it all.

  12. Allison, thanks for stopping by my corner of Katy. I've missed you on Facebook so it's good to hear from you. Lots of lovely blooms in your garden. Why don't I ever remember to plant Tithonia? I might get some seeds & see what happens! I think your hitchiking plant IS a sinningia, and a very dramatic one!

  13. Guessing your tall aster is New England Aster. Sedum and Red Switchgrass looking especially good.


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